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FILE PHOTO - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses his supporters in Kirsehir, Turkey, August 23, 2017. Mustafa Aktas/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via REUTERS(reuters_tickers)
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday that Turkey will not shy away from giving the harshest response to a national security threat on its border, but that is not its first choice after this week's Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.
Speaking in the central Turkish province of Corum, Yildirim said Turkey, Iran and Iraq were doing their best to overcome the crisis caused by the referendum with the minimum damage.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan)